The burning of Upper Canada’s capital during the War of 1812, a war that played a significant role in fostering Canada’s identity, is one in which combatants from both sides are still remembered as part of a legacy of 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States. To mark that fateful day of April 27 almost two hundred years ago, both the City of Toronto and the Canadian Armed Forces will hold several events in Toronto’s downtown and along the lakefront.
I thought about it while running this morning because a flight of F-16s flew over head, their approach heard before they were seen. Even in the peaceful morning rain, the terror that is implied in war planes overhead was palpable. I came back and looked at this and said what the hell, maybe time to put it out there.
A Life As A Human Interview: Chelsea and her partner Owiny Morris met a group of street children in Lira, Uganda in 2011 and felt compelled to help them. When they found that there was no government social network to help them they turned to each other and asked a simple question, “Why not us?”
Having passed through well over forty different countries I’ve have found something to awe, impress, excite, fascinate or calm me in every single one. But I’d never found a place to which I thought I’d be content to return every single year…at least until I met Grenada.
What’s the secret to good prose? What makes it work—not just on the aesthetic level of vivid and poetic word choices, but on the deeper and ultimately more important level of functionality?